Discolored water can be caused by heavy metals, such as iron or copper. Iron can also act as a nutrient for organisms to grow in the pipes.
Kyungyeon Ra/Purdue University
Office buildings have been left mostly empty for weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving standing water in pipes where harmful organisms can grow. What happens when those buildings reopen?
A child in The Willows land-based program in the Humber Valley, Toronto, walks with his group alongside GabeKanang Ziibi (Humber River).
In a land-based early childhood program sustained and enriched by relationships with Indigenous Knowledge Holders, children learn that ‘water is us.’
More than two billion people live without reliable access to clean water.
Collecting water from a street pump in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 13, 2020.
angladeshi people collecting drinking water from a water pump inside a streeMehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Water is essential for health, economic well-being and social equity, but too many people around the world still don’t have access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
Progress has been slow in Ghana in expanding access to water.
Governments must take note of specific geographic contexts and local attributes that drive water insecurity.
A Muslim man prepares for prayer by doing a ritual washing.
Islamic law requires Muslims to ritually clean their body before praying. This guidance has particular relevance at a time when hand-washing is important to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Five capital city water storages fell over summer, and some appear to be facing dramatic long-term declines. Late drenching rains fell on southeastern Australia, but some unlucky centres missed out.
Tubeho Neza community distributions of household water filters and cookstoves in western Rwanda in 2014.
The Tubeho Neza programme has showed that it is possible to provide interventions against major diseases to vulnerable households.
The Rim Fire burned 256,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park in 2013.
(USDA Forest Service, Chris Stewart)
Wildfires reduce the reliability of city water supplies in North America. But active forest management provides a key to the solution.
If we’re not careful, water may not be clean enough or available when we need it.
The water that replenishes groundwater, rivers and lakes is under threat from climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure.
Although China’s tree-planting efforts have increased carbon sequestration for climate mitigation and protected the soil from erosion, they have also led to drastic water shortages.
High resolution satellite image of the Nile River’s delta.
Despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin in the future.
An artist’s impression of an exoplanet in the habitable zone around a star.
ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser
NASA scientists have discovered a new planet orbiting around a nearby star that is in a habitable zone. But does this planet have liquid oceans that can support life?
If one of your goals is to drink more water this year, then make sure you read this.
A harmful algal bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie in August 2017.
(NOAA/Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick/flickr)
The Great Lakes contain reservoirs of legacy contaminants, mostly in their sediments, that are vulnerable to resuspension.
‘Tis the season.
Love it or hate it, winter means snow and ice for much of the US. In many places, though, snow is becoming a scarce resource.
Olafur Eliasson, Denmark, b.1967 Riverbed 2014 (detail) Site specific installation.
Pictured: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DenmarkCourtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los AngelesPhotograph: Iwan Baan.
Water can give and water can take. Without it, however, we are nothing. A new exhibition presents a nuanced and gentle provocation as we grapple with drought and climate change.
Access to the shoreline is great, but what about places not on the coast?
Béju (Happy City, Street Plan, University of Virginia)
Research into public health benefits of integrating nature into cities has focused on green spaces. New studies suggest water features are just as useful and can piggyback on other infrastructure goals.
Dry conditions will make for a difficult summer in the Murray Darling Basin.
A researcher who’s worked for decades to improve the health of the Murray Darling Basin fears the coming months will be among the worst in history.
The Delta’s rich array of wildlife makes it a popular tourist destination.
It’s imperative that we understand what creates and sustains the delta for the future management of the system.